With the American economy in a tailspin and the approaching Obama victory in November, I wonder if Catholics ought to be making some common-sense preparations. Thanks to the corruption and stupidity of the Republicans, the toxic mix of economic austerity and a hard-left government could be an imminent reality. Expect the latter to use the former as a pretext for lots of mischief. What to do? Most advisors would say “pay off your mortgage”, but for most of us it is too late for that. The layoffs will continue, the foreclosures will continue, the slide of the dollar will continue, the shrinking of credit will continue, the energy crisis will continue, etc., and very soon, the liberal social agenda will escalate.
Yesterday, you could work at your job and stay in your cubicle while ignoring the anti-Christian bias of your employer. Tomorrow, you may be required to compromise your convictions.
Yesterday, if your employer asked for too much compromise, you could simply find another job. Tomorrow, that may not be an option.
Yesterday, if you needed to sell your home in order to adjust to lower wages, you could downsize accordingly. Tomorrow, that may not be an option.
Yesterday, you could borrow from your 401K to get through some hard times. Tomorrow (heck, today!) that may not be an option.
I haven’t thought about this methodically, so I’d like to hear your suggestions. Here are a few of my own off the top of my head:
1. Get used to the idea of poverty. It can be an effective means of sanctification, and it may be forced upon you anyway.
2. Go to confession, pray, and get your spiritual life in order. Massive social unrest can be lethal.
3. Cultivate and/or restore your relationships with family, neighbors, and friends. You’re going to need each other.
4. Keep your vehicles in good working order and keep the tanks full. You never know when you might need to get out of Dodge. It’s a good idea to own a vehicle large enough to live out of, if necessary. We just bought a 12-passenger van.
5. Buy guns, learn how to use them, and make sure at least one more person in the household can shoot. A new and dangerous underclass could emerge quickly (and indeed is already emerging).
6. Keep a few weeks of food and water in storage. Store your water in juice bottles and milk cartons.
7. If possible, move away from large urban centers.
8. Grow as much of your own food as possible.
9. Learn how to effectively resist (or avoid) the aggressive social policies of Big Brother. Some jobs, for example, will be more vulnerable to coercion and manipulation than others. Know when to speak out and when to keep silent. But if possible, resist the new “policies” openly. Let there be a record. Make things difficult for the new regime.